Ecuador, under new drug laws, releasing thousands of drug mules

Posted on October 6, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Ecuador, Social Issues

Ecuador is freeing thousands of drug mules reported President Rafael Correa has said his country’s harsh old drug laws were ‘imposed by the gringos.’ Now officials see small time smugglers as victims of cartels rather than as hardened criminals.In Latin America’s latest challenge to Washington’s “war on drugs,” Ecuador has quietly begun releasing thousands of convicted cocaine smugglers.


The move is a result of the country’s new criminal law, which took effect Aug. 10. It treats “drug mules” who commit the low-profit, high-risk offense more as vulnerable people exploited by cartels than as hardened criminals. Read Article

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